Moondance bringing Van Morrison tribute to Courthouse

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The members of Moondance, a Van Morrison tribute show may seem to be copping an attitude when they’re on stage at The Courthouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 3 at 8 p.m., but really they’re just throwing off a little stage attitude in an effort to recreate the way things would be if the enigmatic and somewhat reclusive Irish rock legend was actually on stage.

 Come make one more Moondance with this band that you're sure to love. Another Debut for a tribute to Van Morrison.  "An incredible recreation of the Irish legend" LA Times "A very impressive and realistic portrayal of Van Morrison...a must see" Hawaii Reporter. "If Van Morrison isn't coming to your town, Moondance is the next best thing!" Dallas News. Debut for another talented tribute band that will have you swaying in your seats or dancing. Don't miss this bands performance.

“We’ve kind of copped that whole [not talking] thing, but we have thrown in some talking to give the audience a little bit of history here and there,” says Vinnie Brandi, the drummer for “Moondance – The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert” and the show’s producer.  “Some of the people seemed to be really rabid Van Morrison fans,” he explains. “So we thought we’d throw this Van Morrison show together, put it out there and see what happened. And ever since we’ve gotten it on the road, people just come in droves. A lot of the tunes, like ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’ ‘Domino,’ ‘Into the Mystic’ and, of course, ‘Moondance’ are instantly recognizable. Some of these tunes are just engrained in rock ’n’ roll history and people instantly recognize them as soon as they hear them.” – David Spatz, June 7, 2017.

Brandi was able to connect with the right musicians when he began assembling the show. He looked for players who were familiar with Morrison’s music – even fans – to keep the learning curve short.” Brandi says. “Each guy in the band took the songs completely apart and then mastered their own part. We kind of put it together like a puzzle and tried to stay true to the music and try to make it sound as authentic as possible.” Lead singer Ed Moran, who plays the Van Morrison part, is “outstanding,” Brandi says, and captures Morrison’s distinctive sound.

You may purchase tickets at courthousearts.org or on their facebook page, www.facebook.com/CourthouseArtsRI.  Tickets are available in advance for $25. The Courthouse has ample on-site parking, a full-service bar, and is handicapped accessible.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts is a non-profit, community-based arts organization located in Kingston. The mission of the Courthouse is to produce and distribute exceptional arts programming that are accessible and affordable for the enjoyment and enrichment of adults and children alike. Income from the entertainment, musical performances, comedians, classes, and a variety of other events contribute to the funding of free children’s programs. The Courthouse also provides monthly gallery exhibits for local artists; concerts and fundraisers for many worthwhile causes; meeting rooms for support groups from NAMI Rhode Island (National Alliance on Mental Illness) all while preserving the beautiful, historic Washington County Courthouse as its home.

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